Gear Review: Tenba Messenger Bag for Photography, Cameras, and Parents

Does your camera just float around in a bag when you travel with your kids? Or do you simply leave that bulky DSLR at home? I know so many moms who have fantastic cameras that take the most amazing photos- but they rarely bring them on daily adventures with kids. Either the camera is too bulky or they don’t have a good bag to safely carry it in. I have a great solution for you! No more regret for not taking your camera with you to capture quality images of your kids!

The Tenba Messenger bag is a stylish and expertly crafted bag to safely carry cameras, equipment, water bottles, and all the things parents need. This is not your standard bag that you stuff a camera into but rather one with a waterproof bottom panel, water-repellent (and cute) nylon fabric, the best hardware for zippers, clips, and velcro, interior pockets galore, and a padded interior with removable panels that can be arranged to best secure your equipment. A slot next to the padding can hold an iPad or laptop depending on the size of the messenger bag.

Tenba Messenger Bag Gear Review by Trekaroo-Michelle-McCoy

I especially loved the style of an over-the-shoulder messenger bag for carrying to the beach, to a meeting, or anywhere. The padding on the shoulder is gentle yet secure. The key is a security strap that can be used to attach to the main strap which will keep the bag from slipping forward when riding a bike – or carrying small children. As a parent, I like all the many pockets, but especially appreciate the easy access to the inside of the bag with a cleverly placed zipper access in the top of the flap.

Gear Review: Tenba Messenger Bag by Michelle-McCoy

Pros of the Tenba Messenger Bag:

  • Fashionable style with great fabrics.
  • Durable materials that are weather resistant and will stand up to heavy use.
  • Easy access to the interior bag with a zipper in the flap plus essential pockets for keys, wallet, phone, and cards.
  • Waterbottle pockets on the side.

Cons of the Tenba Messenger Bag:

  • For parents who have to carry many things in a diaper bag or backpack, they may not want to add another bag to the mix.
  • The majority of the bag is dedicated to camera equipment – but most parents have cameras as an addition to all the other things they carry.

Buy on Amazon: Tenba Messenger DNA 11 Camera and Laptop Bag – Dark Copper (638-374)

Features of the Tenba Messenger Bag:

  • Messenger bags are available in a variety of colors and sizes to fit everything from small mirror-less cameras up to a pro DSLR body with an attached 70-200mm 2.8.
  • All Messenger bags are made with water-repellent 600-1000 denier nylon, YKK® zippers, Duraflex® clips, steel D-rings, a waterproof bottom panel, Fidlock® patented magnetic clips which allow quick release and drop on attachment, quiet velcro reduces sound when flap is opened, quick access top zipper gives aces through the top flap, a trolley strap for travel with a rolling case, a security strap, and an included reversible weather wrap that protects from rain and heat.

I sampled the Tenba DNA 11 – Dark Copper:

  • Weight 2.2 lbs/1.1 kg
  • Dimensions: Outside: 13” wide x 9.5” high x 7.5” deep
  • Capacity: mirrorless camera with 3-5 lenses and flash or DSLR with 2-3 lenses and flash
  • Fits: iPad, tablet or laptop up to 11 inches


Tenba is a long standing company that has a great reputation for quality bags and equipment to keep cameras safe. This is one of their quality bags that I would recommend to anyone wishing to travel with a camera. It would make for a great Christmas present or birthday gift. Anyone who loves taking pictures, whether an amateur or professional, will especially appreciate the quality of this bag.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary sample of the Tenba DNA 11 for a review. I have not been asked to present a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

All photos are the property of Michelle McCoy.

Featured photo by: Michelle McCoy

Gear Review: Tenba Messenger Bag: Anyone who loves taking pictures, whether an amateur or professional, will especially appreciate the quality of this bag.
About the author

Michelle McCoy is Trekaroo’s Lead Travel Expert. She and her husband love traveling to National Parks and going camping, but when life with 4 young kids keeps them home - especially now with a high schooler - they find their fun in traveling to the local beaches in Orange County, CA and hiking in the wilderness areas nearby.

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